Ringbalin Light Railway HO Division

Discussion in 'Members Personal Layouts' started by Graeme, Dec 4, 2019 at 9:49 AM.

  1. Graeme

    Graeme Full Member

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    This thread is devoted to my HO layout that I am building in my shed so I can still do something with trains when it is a. to hot to work on the G guage layout or b. it is to dark ie night time and I cannot work on the G guage.

    Some pictures of what I have done so far, the baseboards warped in the heat it was 35C when these were taken, in the cool morning they were flat again.
    I do have a problem with the corner shown in pics 24 & 27 the board is 4 foot square and will have a 500mm radius part circle as part of the return loop similar to pic 29.
    I will have to figure out a way to get access to the corner and the far edge of the base board a duck under/access hatch is not an option as underneath the layout there will be storage tracks for the G guage trains. The other end is not a problem as I have access to 3 sides.

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    Kimbo Staff Member Moderator

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    Hi Graeme, I had a similar problem with my old oo gauge garage layout. That used to get up to 40 degrees in the summer. I ended up framing as much of the return loop with plenty of 20 x 40 timber , glued and screw down. I did add a small access hole which although I never used it, I think did help to stop any twisting of the ply wood top in that area. I also made sure there was plenty of small expansion gaps in the trackwork.
    Kim
     
  3. Graeme

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    This is the plan I am going with.
    The original was sent to me by Gormo and I chopped the bits I could not fit in to give me some shunting sidings and a run around loop.
    The locos I will use are all Bachmann Spectrum a 3 truck Shay, an small tank engine and a 2-8-0 American Consolidation, these will go around the 18" curve that I am forced to use at one loop.
    I have a Large Scale versions of the Shay and a 2-8-0 it has the same wheel configuration as the HO one but is not a smaller version of it, if that makes sense.

    The original.
    HO track plan original.jpg

    The modified version.

    HO track plan modified.jpg
    I have shortened the length of the run to the 18" radius loop so that I can get between the wall and the baseboard.
    On the other side of the wall is the mancave so stealing real estate from there is never going to happen (now if it was SWMBO's craft room that would be a totally different matter :scratchchin:).
    I am thinking of making the loop elevated across the back but that is only an idea at this point in time (which knowing me; will most likely happen), it will give me an opportunity to incorporate my favourite piece of scenery, a trestle bridge around the 18" radius curve which will take the track to the upper level. This is the same as what I am doing on the Large Scale layout so what can go wrong :facepalm:.

    Sorry for the bad modified plan but I can't drive Paint.
     
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